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Institute for Women’s Studies to host fall weekly speaker series

The Institute for Women’s Studies’ Friday Speaker Series for fall semester will begin Sept. 12.

Open free to the public, all talks will be held from 12:20-1:10 p.m. in Room 250 of the Miller Learning Center. Dates, topics and speakers are:

• Sept. 12, “ ‘Kind of Natural, Kind of Wrong’: Young People’s Beliefs About the Morality, Legality and Normalcy of Sexual Aggression in Public Drinking Settings,” Justine Tinkler, an assistant professor of sociology.

• Sept. 26, “Social Media as a Counter-Space for Campus Sexual Assault Activism,” Chris Linder, an assistant professor of counseling and human development services.

• Oct. 3, “Playing Femininity: The Construction and Commodification of the Woman Gamer,” Shira Chess, an assistant professor of journalism.

• Oct. 10, “The Queer Politics of A Cappella: The Flirtations,” Matthew Jones, an instructor in women’s studies.

• Oct. 17, “I’m So Digitally Alone: Internet, Touch and Proximity,” Marni Shindelman, a lecturer in the Lamar Dodd School of Art.

• Oct. 24, “Critical Reflections on Teaching in Women’s Studies at the University of Georgia,” Nichole Ray, a lecturer in women’s studies.

• Nov. 7, “Y’all Wear Dresses to Football Games? The Performance of Femininity on Game Day in the SEC,” Mardi Schmeichel, an assistant professor of education theory and practice, along with Stacey Kerr, a doctoral candidate and graduate teaching assistant in educational theory and practice, and Chris Linder.

• Nov. 14, “Recasting Franco-Caribbean Women’s Plays on the New York Stage: Transnational Performances of Race and Gender,” Emily Sahakian, an assistant professor of theatre and film studies and romance languages.

The Friday Speaker Series is in its 27th year of presentations by faculty, graduate students and community members who showcase their current research on gender and women’s studies.

A unit of the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, the Institute for Women’s Studies brings together multidisciplinary perspectives on women and gender from across all schools and colleges at UGA.

More information on the institute is at